Peanut butter & banana overnight oats
Overnight oats have always been a winner in this household with adults and kids alike enjoying both the ease of making and the delicious taste in the mornings (the lazy part of me likes the fact that if I'm rushing around like a lunatic getting out of the house to work/nursery they can be wolfed down too - though obviously we should always be aiming to eat mindfully!). They're also really handy for an after nursery snack when we get in.
There's loads of different recipes you can use, but this is a particular favourite of ours at the moment. The below will make a good sized adult portion
60g porridge oats
1 banana mashed - a ripe banana will give more flavour
1 large teaspoon of peanut butter - I use an oil based one without added salt/sugar
Dusting of cinammon (optional)
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix (very well - peanut butter does not like being mixed!). Alternatively, put the banana, milk & peanut butter into a blender and whizz until smooth then mix with the oats.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Eat & enjoy :)
Use equal volumes of porridge oats & milk
For an extra injection of nutrition and flavour add toppings such as chopped fruit/dates/greek yoghurt/chia seeds - experiment basically!
The nutrition bit...
Dairy free? No problem, swap the milk for whichever dairy free you are using (always use one fortified with calcium. Note - organic dairy free milks will not be fortified with any vitamins). If you're unsure of which milks are suitable please get in touch!
Oats are a good source of protein, fibre and many vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, selenium and zinc. They are also low in sugar and fat.
Cinammon proven to assist with controlling blood sugars, contains polyphenols (antioxidants that help to protect the body from free radicals) and may assist with decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fibre. Like most fruits and vegetables they are also a good source of antioxidants.